Bhuna- an Indian curry recipe is a mixture of robust flavors of spices toasted beforehand. Bhuna is a thick, well-spiced, medium hot dish capable of tickling every inch of your taste buds. It is a cooking technique where spices are fried and then the meat is added. The whole thing is left to stew in its own juices.
Place of Origin and Brief History
Bhuna curry originated from Bangladesh or North East India. It is common throughout West Bengal and western Bangladesh and is in demand at Indian restaurants in the US and Europe.
Food Items that Best Goes with Bhuna
Bhuna tastes best with rice, pilau rice, or even with naan.
A Super Easy yet Tactful and Authentic Recipe of Beef Bhuna
And, here’s the recipe of Beef Bhuna-
Take 2 finely chopped onions, 3 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp red chili powder, 2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted in a dry frying pan and then ground, 2 tsp ground coriander and ½ tsp ground turmeric. Mix together all these ingredients for the marinade. Coat the beef in the marinade. Set it aside for 30 minutes.
Heat ghee in a large pan. Add the whole spices and bay leaves and let them splutter. Next, add the marinated meat and stir well over high heat, until the juices are absorbed and the meat turns brown. Add the green chilies along with water. Lower down the flame. Cover and cook gently for half an hour. After this, add tomatoes and ginger and cook for 8-10 minutes over a high flame. Make sure to stir continuously to mash up the tomatoes. You may have to add a couple of tablespoons of water so that the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
You can detect that the meat has reached the bhuna stage when fat begins to leave the side of the pan. Mix the tamarind paste and lemon juice together. Add chopped coriander. At last, add a pinch of sugar. Cover the pan with a lid and turn off the heat. Wait for about 5 minutes so the meat can absorb all the flavors. Serve with layered parathas.
India is a land of spices. Bhuna is a term you will commonly find on restaurant menus. The caramelization the onions and the frying of spices results into this divine cuisine.